[Bangkok] If you say that this hole-in-the-wall eatery serves up Bangkok’s best congee, I may just second that.
Visit Jok Prince at early as 6am and eat what local residents usually have – jok aka Thai rice porridge or congee.
The eatery is also listed in the Michelin Guide Bangkok with a “Bib Gourmand”.
You will find the Jok Prince eatery along Charoen Krung Road in Bang Rak. It is just a few meters from the Lebua State Tower and located opposite Robinson Bangrak.
This used to be located down a narrow alley, but it moved just next door with a proper sit-down eatery.
Also, it only accepts cash, so ditch the idea of using your card here. You will spend around 45 – 60 baht (SGD2 to SGD2.70) for a meal here.
Choices are available for the toppings, like home-made pork balls, pig organs (offal), century egg, or a combination of these.
Take note that there was no English menu when I visited, and fortunately the auntie knew how to speak Mandarin.
Items include Pork Congee (40 baht), Pork with Organs (40 baht), Pork with Egg (45 baht), and Pork with Organs and Egg Congee (45 baht). Add Century Egg for 5 baht and Crispy Chinese Doughsticks for 3 baht.
A spoonful down and you just feel comforting happiness down your throat. This reminded me of those street food congee you find in Hong Kong, except that this is more watery.
The charcoal-cooked congee itself was smooth and gloopy, with a savoury taste, and a smoky aroma.
The jok can be sprinkled with fresh strips of ginger, chopped spring onion and fresh coriander.
Another outstanding part was the pork balls, substantial large lumps of minced pork that were both tender and tasty. What is it about the pork in Thailand… they all got this natural ‘sweetness’ without the foul smell.
Want it spicy? Add some dried chili or splash some spiced vinegar.
Calm those serious hunger pangs with a pisset aka large bowl (55 baht) which has more of the pork balls.
Make sure to plan your visit for they close at midday and re-open in the afternoon.
1391 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Tel: +66 89 795 2629
Opening Hours: 6am – 12pm, 4pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Jok Prince
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